Lifetime Earnings Surpass 700 Million Yen with Second Win of the Season: “Too Surprising Reason” Why Sakura Ogoshi Will Continue to be Based in Japan | FRIDAY DIGITAL

Lifetime Earnings Surpass 700 Million Yen with Second Win of the Season: “Too Surprising Reason” Why Sakura Ogoshi Will Continue to be Based in Japan

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Sakura Ogoshi smiles after winning the tournament. Her lifetime prize money has surpassed 700 million yen.

Sakura Ogoshi (26) shot a 16-under total to win the Earth Mondamin Cup, which closed on March 24 due to bad weather, for her second win of the season following the Yamaha Ladies Open Katsuragi in March. With her 11th win on the domestic tour, she earned a tour-high 54 million yen in prize money and surpassed the 700 million yen mark in lifetime earnings.

It was a long five-day battle. On Monday, the 24th, the preliminary day of play, the weather was fine and the temperature was 31.5 degrees Celsius, a far cry from the 23rd, when the tournament was suspended and delayed due to bad weather. The temperature was 31.5 degrees Celsius. Only the galleries holding tickets for the final day were allowed to enter, so only 362 people attended the event, which was as quiet as the COVID-19 crisis.

I’m really happy that we were able to hold the event like this and win the tournament, because there were quite a few fans who came even though it was a Monday, and who came yesterday and today. It was very fresh and strange to play a golf tournament on a Monday.”

With this win, she has surpassed the 700 million yen mark in lifetime earnings, and at 26 years and 70 days old, she is the third youngest player in the history of the tour after Sakura Yokomine (38) and Ai Suzuki (30), but she seems indifferent to money, saying, “I had no idea.

I don’t have an image of 700 million yen, and I don’t think about how much money I have. …… (As for how she will use her prize money): “I’m the type of person who changes what I want from time to time, but I want to buy personal clothes and other things. I want to coordinate various outfits.

When asked in the past how she would use her winnings, she replied that she would like to buy her favorite stuffed animal, “Care Bears,” but she is not interested in big purchases such as a house or a car.

Born in 1998, Koho is one of the 30 members of the “Golden Generation. His 11 wins on the domestic tour alone are the most of his generation. Naturally, there is talk of a challenge on the U.S. Tour. Mone Inami (24), the 2008-’21 money queen, like Kogei, had been thinking of playing on the domestic tour first, but was attracted by the prize money and the environment that respects players more than the domestic tour, so she joined the U.S. tour this season. While there are examples of such players, Kogei intends to continue to be based in Japan “unless he has a sudden change of heart,” he said.

One of the reasons I don’t want to go abroad is because of the food. I eat Japanese food every day because I think it’s the best food in the world.

In 2008, the year of the COVID-19 crisis, she had the right to participate in the All England Women’s Tournament, but she prioritized the Japan Tour Hostess Tournament.

When she won on the 26th, she “begged” for “fish”? He was begging for a “fish” when he won on the 26th. The winner’s caddie was also presented with 1 million yen as the “Best Caddie Award. When his caddie, Takahiro Obata, asked him, “Shall I treat you to something? Kobasa replied, “I’ve been treated to sushi this week (……). I like fish a lot, so I’m hoping for something fish-related. Japanese food is fine, and anything as long as I can eat fish,” he said, appealing to his love of fish.

Even though he has made a lot of money, Kohogi’s relaxed atmosphere has not changed, and it is likely that he will be seen in Japan for some time to come.

Sakura Ogura high-fives her caddie Takahiro Obata
Yuka Yasuda, who unintentionally put an ice bag on her head in the 31+ degree heat, finished in 2nd place.
Ayaka Takahashi, a member of the Golden Generation, was the top finisher on the first day, but ended up in 3rd place.
Haruka Amamoto, aiming for her second win after the Panasonic Open in April, finished in a tie for 7th place
Erika Hara (right) tied for 17th and Yuna Takagi tied for 23rd. Both members of the Golden Generation played in the same group on the final day.
  • Interview, text, and photos Shinji Tokari

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